Chevrolet Explains How the 2015 Corvette Stingray Helps... Bats

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While Batman has been driving his bespoke automobiles ever since the superhero started fighting crime, more recently people have started imagining Bruce Wayne behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. Heck, somebody even made a Batventador. However, GM begs to differ and, for this Halloween, they’re explaining us how the 2015 Corvette Stingray is helping... bats.
The press release, because there is one, doesn’t mention anything about Batman and Robin or CatWoman aren’t included either. Nonetheless, it does offer a very serious explanation on how an adhesive used in the production process of the ‘Vette could help preserve a threatened bat species in North America.

GM discovered that, once the adhesive is processed, it can be used as a stalactite in artificial bat caves, with the company’s application currently being reviewed by NGOs like Bat Conservation International and the Organization for Bat Conservation.

Apparently, artificial bat caves, together with nontoxic fungicides are among the top ways of fighting the white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus that has killed over 5.7 million bats so far in the US. By the way, there’s no known cure for this.

“What’s in it for GM?” we hear you asking. The answer is simple: corporate green credentials.

“Creation of the stalactite is simple; robots that apply a structural adhesive that helps join Corvette body parts are purged regularly to keep the adhesive applicator clean and free of dried material. This dried gunk is the perfect shape for a stalactite, and its use in artificial bat caves avoids sending it to landfills,” the release states.

Why bats are important

Bats matter not necessarily as an inspiration for Gotham city’s superhero, but thanks to the fact that they contribute to the overall health of the environment. Besides being pollinators that help maintain forests and repopulate plants, bats also help keep the insect population under control - a single bat devours over 5,000 insects a night, dramatically reducing the level of required pesticides.

For the reasons listed above, GM has been in the... bat business for years. Thus, the company also makes bat houses out of scrap Chevrolet Volt batter covers, with each holding up to 150 little brown bats.

Batman or no Batman, GM’s we salute GM’s efforts and hope to see more companies come up with such initiatives in the future.
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